Xiaomi is one of the most active smartphone manufacturers this year, at least when it comes to smartphone releases. The company did release quite a few handsets, including three flagship devices, the Mi 5, Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. That being said, yet another flagship handset will be introduced by Xiaomi in the coming weeks, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. This is the company’s upcoming flagship phablet, and we’ve seen it leak quite a few times thus far. Having that in mind, an interesting Xiaomi-related leak appeared yesterday, showing off the company’s alleged bendable display in two images. Many people assumed that the two images were photoshopped, and that we’re not really looking at a bendable display with MIUI 8 on it. Well, a video has just leaked and more or less confirmed that the display is real, read on.
If you take a look at the embedded video down below, you’ll get to see this display in action. This actually reminds us of the technology Lenovo showed off during IFA in Berlin back in September. This display is bent while someone navigates MIUI 8 on it, and by doing that, the person is showing that the display is real and functional. Whoever is navigating this panel entered a couple of apps in order to show them off on this display, including the Clash Royale game, a very popular game that we’ve talked about in the past. Foldable smartphones seem to be coming, Samsung had already filed for a number of foldable smartphone patents, Lenovo had shown off their prototype foldable devices, and it seems like Xiaomi is also working on such technology.
Now, it is possible that foldable smartphones might not become mainstream products as we’re expecting, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. There are still quite a few obstacles in the way before such devices could become truly useful, foldable display are just a piece of the puzzle, the phone itself needs to bend, so we either need bendable internals (highly unlikely), or manufacturers need to place internal components very carefully to allow for such devices to bend to a certain degree, but that could prove to be a gimmick more than a useful feature. Either way, it will be interesting to see where is the technology going and what we’ll get in the end.